Be Yourself: Three Brief Stories
The church I work for has a million children’s choirs. One for every age group. And every semester of the school year, the choirs put on a show for their parents and families.
I was present at the last one taking pictures for our Facebook page.
They started with the youngest choir – the 2-3 years olds. Those kids were absolutely adorable. The pictures of them are downright cute. They were laughing and smiling and waving and giving thumbs up to their parents. They jumped up and down as they sang.
Gosh, it was cute.
Then the 3-5 year olds sang and it was much of the same.
Then 1st grade sang. Then 2nd grade. Then 3rd grade.
And as the choirs transitioned to older groups of children, I noticed something almost heartbreaking.
All the pictures I captured of grade school children are boring. The children stood stoic and unmoving. They didn’t laugh. They didn’t wave. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades would smile periodically. But the middle schoolers? They were like statues with moving mouths. Continue reading “Choosing to Be Yourself: How Children and Weirdos are Simliar”